EXISTING HOME: After living in their 95-year-old bungalow, located in the Butler/Tarkington area, for 25 years, the homeowners were growing tired of outdated cosmetics and poor flow in their kitchen/dining area and in their two hall bathrooms. “Our main priorities were to create a more open feel for what space we had and modernize the kitchen and bathrooms while staying true to the original style and charm of our home.”
To create a more open concept feel, the original narrow doorways were widened and arched for a better sight-line from the formal dining room to the kitchen.
The kitchen had been renovated once before, so the homeowners opted to enhance the look of their kitchen with cosmetic upgrades. New doors and drawer fronts were installed and painted to match the existing cabinetry boxes.
A new backsplash was installed using “Lady Onyx” subway tile to complement the existing granite countertops.
To brighten up the space, the existing copper wallpaper on the ceiling was removed. New decorative molding was installed around the reapplied copper wallpaper to restore the historical charm of the kitchen.
To complete the final look, a new heated slate tile floor was installed in a small Versailles pattern throughout the kitchen and dining nook.
DINING NOOK BEFORE:
DINING NOOK AFTER:
The original corner built-ins were revitalized with new molding and a fresh coat of white paint. The interiors were painted in a contrasting gray color to add depth and visual interest. Wainscoting was then installed around the perimeter of the room and white decorative trim was placed on the ceiling for added charm.
DOWNSTAIRS BATH BEFORE:
With a second tub upstairs, the homeowners decided to rip out the existing tub and replace it with a walk-in shower. Once the new shower and niches were framed, black subway tile was installed on the left and right walls to tie in with the existing bathroom tile. White “Eastern Bianco” was installed on the back wall for brightness. Round accent tile in an amber glow color was chosen for the two niches to tie in the existing accent fleur-de-lis.
To add extra countertop space, a new granite countertop with side ledges was installed to the existing vanity.
UPSTAIRS BATH BEFORE:
The plumbing in the upstairs bath was all original and needed to be brought to modern standards. Shower plumbing was added to what was originally only a tub. The original shower tile was removed and replaced with 4×4 gloss black tile in a diagonal lay on the side walls. White 4×4 tile in a straight lay was chosen for the back wall to match the existing wall tile. The white and black basket-weave tile used for the niche and bathroom floor gives a cohesive look with the rest of the bathroom.
Stone veneer was then installed over the top of the existing stainless steel sheets to add texture and warmth to the bathroom.
FINAL RESULT: “We love how everything came together to seamlessly blend with the original design elements of our home. We love everything, but our favorite is definitely the kitchen!”